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The cycle of violence in the Middle East may seem to have no end, but in San Diego Jews and Palestinians have united despite the odds. Talking Peace takes viewers inside the Jewish Palestinian Living Room Dialogue and tells a compelling story of two sides coming together through the simple act of listening.
In the living room of Jim Rauch, a Jew, and his wife Doris Bittar, an Arab, the stage has been set to create an alternative to living with hatred. In their home, Jews and Palestinians share their stories and their pain governed by only one rule: to truly listen to each other.
Although the documentary gives viewers an insight into the history of unrest, the story is about the people, not the politics, of a region in which both side continue to exchange claims and blame and bombs. Among the participants are a businessman, a teacher, an artist, a karate instructor, a physicist and an engineer. Compelling, first-hand narratives provide a perspective of how their lives have been shaped by the violence and fear that haunts Israel and the occupied territories.
One man tells how he followed the account of a suicide bombing, only to find out his niece was killed in the blast. Another man recalls how he nearly died during the bombing of his refugee camp in Lebanon, an event that many Israelis believed never happened. As they tell their stories, those gathered around the living room overcome their fears and suspicions, put a human face to those they have considered their enemy, and lay a foundation for building friendships.
Help Get the Word Out
Individuals and Dialogue groups can purchase a DVD of Talking Peace at a substantial discount. Call The Cinema Guild (800) 723-5522 and mention the special home video price.
Call your local PBS station, and ask them to consider broadcasting Talking Peace. Public Television Oureach Directory Talking Peace was distributed to Program Managers by the National Educational Telecommunications Association. Additional previews are available by request. Contact Mark Freeman.
YEAR OF RELEASE
Mark Freeman, Producer, Writer, Director and Editor
Dave Stewart, Director of Photography
Pat Finn, KPBS Executive Producer
Talking Peace is made possible in part by grants from the Fred J. Hansen Institute for World Peace and the CALIFORNIA COUNCIL FOR THE HUMANITIES, as part of its statewide California Stories Initiative. The Council is an independent non-profit organization and a state of affiliate of the NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES. For more information on the Council and the California Stories Initiative visit California Stories.
AWARDS & REVIEWS
"This is the best film in North America about Palestinian-Jewish Living Room Dialogue. What a treasure and breakthrough."
Libby and Len Traubman
Co-founders, Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue
"Talking Peace is an important film, which tells memorable, personal
stories. We're delighted to air the program. Our viewers appreciate the
importance of grass roots efforts to build "bridges" between Jewish and
Muslim communities in the United States."
The American Muslim Network
"...a magnificent piece....There are moments in this film that I do not think I will forget....Its raw immediacy brings the transforming power of dialogue to new audiences."
Dr. Farid Abdel-Nour, Faculty Coordinator
Center for Islamic and Arabic Studies at San Diego State University
" The community is a richer place when these voices are allowed to tell their stories in their own words."
"Talking Peace offers an opportunity ...to consider whether we can risk being open to each other's heartfelt beliefs and whether the stakes are worth it. It isn't an easy video, but the conversations it will inspire offer a tremendous opportunity for self-reflection and personal growth."
Cheryl F. Coon
"I watched Talking Peace and was incredibly moved..."
Director, Save a Child's Heart
"Your film makes a great contribution to (the) human potential for understanding."
Patricia Elyse Terrell, PhD
Oxford International Festival of Films Limited
SCREENING AND BROADCAST
Platinum Award Worldfest
Premiere sponsored by The Lipinsky Institue for Judaic Studies
and the Center for Islamic and Arabic Studies at San Diego State University
Bridges TV, American Muslim Network
Jewish Broadcasting Network
Free Speech TV
National Educational Telecommunications Association Broadcasts: WGVU-TV, WGTE TV 30,Idaho Public Television, KVCR-TV,WUSF/Tampa, KTEH, KSPS-TV/KWSU-TV/KTNW-TV, Rhode Island PBS KCWC, KET, KUAT Cable, KRSC, KDHX TV
Non Violence International Film Festival
Middle East Studies Association
Western Jewish Studies Association
San Diego Public Library
Temple Emek Shalom
First Presbyterian Church
Congregation Ner Tamid
Congregation Kol Emeth
Mt. Miguel Covenant Village Bailey Center
North County Coalition for Peace and Justice
Jewish Family Services Senior Center
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
HOW TO ORDER
The Cinema Guild Inc.
130 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016-7038
Phone (800) 723-5522
Phone (212) 685-6242
Fax (212) 685-4717